Four games into their season-opening eight game homestand the Iowa Cubs are off to a sputtering 1-3 start.
THE GOOD NEWS: Both Seans [Marshall and Gallagher], Neal Cotts, Eric Patterson and Matt Murton.
THE BAD NEWS: Micah Hoffpauir, Sam Fuld and Matt Murton.
Marshall started the opener and retired all nine batters he faced, six of them on strikes, as he pitch-counts his way back from an ill-advised audition for a spot in the Chicago bullpen.
The next night Gallagher tossed five economical innings, allowing only two hits and a run with one walk and five strikeouts.
Cotts went two perfect innings and fanned three in his only appearance so far.
In Saturday's day-night doubleheader you might say that Patterson rode a tandem cycle. After notching a single and a double in the matinee, he spanked a triple down the left-field line and pulled a homer over the scoreboard in right in the nightcap. He's been playing at second base.
Murton makes both lists because he's hit safely in every game and drawn a couple of walks to open at a .357/.471 clip, but all five hits are singles. He's scored once without driving in a run.
Hoffpauir tweaked an oblique in an exhibition tilt versus the University of Iowa and headed straight back to Arizona. He's expected back in another week or so.
Fuld is on the active roster but has played in only one of the first four games, going 1-4 when he patrolled CF in the opener of Saturday's DH. Probably not coincidentally, the weather Saturday afternoon offered easily the best playing conditions of the week.
Mark Holliman starts tonight in the opener of a four-game set with Albuquerque.